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Today in World War II History—March 27, 1940 & 1945

Michael Savage, 1930s (Archives New Zealand)

Michael Savage, 1930s (Archives New Zealand)

80 Years Ago—March 27, 1940: New Zealand Prime Minister Michael Savage dies of cancer; he will be replaced by Peter Fraser on April 4.

Sixteen hundred Jewish refugees arrive in Palestine, but are interned by the British for illegal entry.

US Eighth Army landing at Cebu, 27 March 1945 (US Army Center of Military History)

US Eighth Army landing at Cebu, 27 March 1945 (US Army Center of Military History)

75 Years Ago—March 27, 1945: Last German V-2 rockets land in Britain—in London (131 killed) and in Kent, where Ivy Millichamp becomes the last of 67,000 British civilians killed during the war.

US Eighth Army takes Cebu City, the second-largest city in the Philippines.

Japanese-trained Burma National Army under Aung San revolts and joins the Allies.

Ella Fitzgerald records “It’s Only a Paper Moon.”